Quality mark is a quality and food safety initiative of National Dairy Development Board (NDDB) to enhance consumer confidence in Cooperative and allied dairy sector. The guidelines for award of Quality Mark do not propose any new/additional system for Food Safety and Quality Management but only lays down the processes required for ensuring quality and safety of milk and milk products.
Quality Mark scheme aims to
The logo/symbol of Quality Mark on milk and milk product packages conveys that the unit has adopted and implemented all the processes required as per proper food safety and quality management system for manufacture of milk and milk products as per the set quality parameters.
The dairy units/organisations/units from the following sectors shall be eligible for use of Quality Mark subject to fulfilling other requirements specified in the Quality Mark Guidelines.
The essential requirements for a unit to be eligible for submitting an application for award of Quality Mark are:
In case a unit does not have all the above mentioned statutory clearances; the unit is not eligible to apply for award/grant of Quality Mark.
The dairy plant/unit seeking award of Quality Mark and being eligible as per above shall submit the application to NDDB Anand along with the supporting documents and fees. The unit shall pay a lump sum fees of Rs. 50,000 plus taxes as applicable for inspection towards all the charges for all types of inspections (pre-award inspection, and surveillance/ surprise audits). To access the Application form, click here.
A 2-step approach shall be followed for assessment of the unit for award of Quality Mark:
Dairy units which meet the criteria for award of Quality Mark will be allowed to use the Quality Mark logo on the packages containing milk and milk products. The award of Quality Mark shall be specific for the unit (location wise) as well as for the process for a particular product.
The mark may be applied to the wrapping or the packaging or printed on a label affixed to the package. The approval number along with the specified logo/symbol of 'Quality Mark', shall be printed/labelled on packages of milk and milk products. The marks shall be legible and indelible, and the characters easily decipherable and shall be clearly displayed.
The award of Quality Mark shall be valid for three years, subject to maintenance of quality and food safety standards and compliance with terms and conditions of the agreement.
The unit shall be responsible for initiating the process for renewal of the Quality Mark (approval for continuing usage) well in advance (at least 6 months before the expiry) time so that the all the required steps for assessment are completed and renewal is received before validity expires. The procedure for seeking renewal shall be same as applicable for new approval.
To access the complete guidelines, click here.
Source : National Dairy Development Board